MPs debated a motion to approve the draft European Union Referendum (Voter Registration) Regulations 2016 in the House of Commons on Thursday 9 June.
MPs agreed to the European Union Referendum (Voter Registration) Regulations 2016 without a division.
Draft European Union Referendum (Voter Registration) Regulations 2016
The purpose of these Regulations is to extend the deadline for people to register to vote in the referendum to be held on 23 June under section 1 of the European Union Referendum Act 2015. It applies to applications in Great Britain.
The Regulations amend the European Union Referendum (Conduct) Regulations 2016. The effect of the amendments made by the Regulations is that people who apply before midnight on 9 June to be registered to vote will be entitled to vote in the referendum if their applications are successful.
The instrument has not yet been considered by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments.
Statutory Instruments are a type of delegated legislation. Delegated legislation allows the Government to make changes to a law without needing to push through a completely new Act of Parliament.
The original Act (also known as primary legislation) would have provisions that allow for future delegated legislation to alter the law to differing degrees.
These changes range from the technical, like altering the level of a fine, to fleshing out Acts with greater detail; often an Act contains only a broad framework of its purpose and more complex content is added through delegated legislation.
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